Technics SL-1200GR - the direct drive legend

Technics SL-1200GR - the direct drive legend

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There are a few of them.

The SL-1200 is available in a variety of configurations from Technics. The luxury model GAE's limited edition is already sold out. The SL-1200G, which has a magnesium tonearm and a hefty turntable, is still in the price range. We used the commonly accessible Technics SL-1200GR model for the test, which is roughly 1,000 $ less expensive than the top model. In photographs, the three may easily be confused. The appearance and design are the same. To add to the confusion, the item is also available in black.

Above all, the DJs applauded the SL-1200, which is both cult and easy to control in pitch and speed. It quickly reaches its rpm as a direct drive car.

It is also excellent for scratching.

However, what rapidly pushed it into a corner for hi-fi enthusiasts was the fact that it was merely a toy for DJs that could be abused for non-hi-fi purposes. Which is a disservice to the SL-1200. This turntable can also recreate the subtleties of vinyl discs beautifully.

Most importantly, it's gratifying that he's been resurrected. Because Panasonic, Technics' parent company, had abruptly and cruelly removed 1200 from its inventory. Now he's returned.

We are dealing with a primitive, antiquated kind with the Technics SL-1200GR. There are numerous things to adore. For instance, the pitch lights of a turntable. A little blue light indicates whether 1200 is confidently making its circuits.

Technics has also added a small, adjustable light for decreasing the pickup. This turntable is intended for use on dark evenings at discotheques. Every move is appropriate. On traditional turntables, on the other hand, it would be easy to become disoriented.

The 1200's cheapest build, the model ending in "GR."

You'll have to get used to an aluminum tonearm instead of a magnesium one. There is no real issue. However, Technics provided a direct drive motor that does not require an iron core. This is claimed to eliminate the dreaded pole bucking. The drawing demonstrates a great deal of effort.

The platter is constructed of metal. It is lined with rubber on the inside. This should be twice as good as the original SL-1200MK5 with the correct reinforcement ribs.
The chassis is also developed with reduced vibration and stiffness in mind. It is supported by a so-called bulk molding compound and a die-cast aluminum housing. Technics' expertise has also been applied to the foot. The entire turntable is supported by silicone rubber damping feet.

The Technics SL-1200GR does not crash. It's a legend, an industry archetype, and something akin to a Rolls Royce in its class - not the finest in terms of sound, but one that makes you feel great.

Technics has given the 1200 fresh vitality.

The model is far from shrunk down: this is a fantastic turntable that is not limited to the DJ world. What's remarkable is that direct-drive automobiles are always described as having a strong, "direct" appearance. This is not true for the Technics SL-1200GR. The immense tranquility of the playback, combined with a forceful, sovereign drive. Even at high levels, the SL-1200GR remained calm and composed. Elegant solidity reigns supreme.